PHOTOGRAPHER BURN OUT

 

Are you burnt out?

Maybe you're not jumping to respond to leads, you dread most of your sessions, or you feel locked into your go-to poses/locations/edits/etc?  You can't remember the last time your were truly excited about a shoot, and/or you rarely post on social media.  Or maybe you're still doing everything you're supposed to, but it's a case of just 'going through the motions.'

LXC  (Image by Lucy Steiner Photography)

LXC (Image by Lucy Steiner Photography)

Burn out is real

Even the best job in the world can become exhausting and emotionally draining. Burnout is real, and it seems to be really prevalent in this industry.  It can be awkward or scary to talk about, especially with other photographers, because it's vulnerable. But you're not alone.  

We've compiled a list of possible helps.  They may not all be a good fit for you, so read through and see what resonates.  Our Tribe Collective community can be very helpful and uplifting--come join the conversation if you need to talk it out with our creatives that can relate. *HUGS!*

8 TIPS TO AVOID BURNOUT

1) Take a break from social media.  Is social media bad?  Not necessarily, but there are plenty of studies on how unhealthy social media is for our emotional and physical health.  You may not even realize it's happening.  As photographers, many of us feel trapped into using it, but seriously--take a break for a few days.  It will be okay, and it might really help!  If you're not okay with taking a break for a few days--then schedule parts of your day where you disconnect for several hours.  Or put it away after lunch and enjoy the rest of your day FOMO free. 

2) Shoot for yourself.  Capture your family.  Contact a local creative or artisan and quietly sit back and document them in their element.  Seek out your ideal client and ask them to model for you.  No pressure--something you love.

LXC  (Image by Lucy Steiner Photography)

LXC (Image by Lucy Steiner Photography)

3) Don't pick up your camera for a few days.  This isn't for everyone, but if you're doing back to back shoot all the time, maybe you need to see the world without a lens for a few days.  

4)  Try a new camera!  Grab a film camera, a Polaroid, even a cheap point and shoot.  MAKE a photograph.  Think through the process.  Be in the moment, recall what you know about creating a great image, and create something.

Wayfarer  (Image by Shawn Moreton)

Wayfarer (Image by Shawn Moreton)

5)  Enjoy other art mediums.  Go to a museum. Check out a local band or get tickets for a concert.  Watch a creative film or documentary.  Other art forms can inspire our photography without the trap of comparison.

6) Explore your other hobbies--especially something active.  We spend way too much time sitting in front of our computers editing and working.  We need to think about our mental and physical health.  Burn out can be a symptom of some underlying health needs.

Terrain  (Image by Corey Claytor)

Terrain (Image by Corey Claytor)

7) Get to know your clients.  Maybe you're stuck in a rut and you're just viewing each session as a job.  Dig in with people.  Get to know them.  Make some magic.

8) Do the thing that sounds crazy.  Don't be afraid to try something new or weird.  Throw fear out the window! If you don't try, then you've guaranteed it won't work.

LXC  (Image by Isabel Grosser)

LXC (Image by Isabel Grosser)

We’ve all been there.

If you are feeling burnt out, we truly hope something on this list is a help to you.  We've all been there… but we also believe this is the best job in the world, and we hope you can feel that way again soon!!